Dr. Jude MacArthur

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My name is Jude MacArthur. My background is in primary teaching and I completed my PhD while working part time in a special school for teenagers from a local institution who had very high, complex needs in Dunedin. I have lectured in Education at Otago University and worked as a senior researcher at the Donald Beasley Institute in Dunedin doing disability research. I am senior lecturer at Massey University teaching in the area of inclusive education. I am also a member of the team teaching on the Specialist Teaching programme and I am pleased to be a member of the Equity Through Education Centre.

I see inclusive education as fundamental to students learning well and enjoying a quality life in inclusive communities; this is a key area of focus in my Professional Learning and Development (PLD) work. PLD can provide teachers with inquiry-based and evidence-based opportunities to:

  • recognise and build on their own knowledge and experience to explore inclusive approaches to assessment, teaching and learning;
  • work collaboratively with others to become agents of change for inclusion in early childhood and school communities;
  • critically reflect on children's rights and on deficit orientations in education that create barriers to student learning and belonging

My examples of PLD include:

  • childhood studies and disability studies approaches to understand barriers to students' learning and to appreciate children's rights to an inclusive education
  • understanding inclusive education and its implications for policy, leadership, teaching practice and the sharing of learning through communities of practice within and between schools
  • inclusive approaches to teaching and learning for all students with an emphasis on planning for all from the outset
  • interprofessional practice that breaks down silos of knowledge and supports professionals to collaborate, sharing knowledge to support student learning

Contact Doctor Jude MacArthur, Institute of education, Massey University

Email: J.A.MacArthur@massey.ac.nz